CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday the appeal trial of former President Hosni Mubarak to Tuesday to hear the testimony of the assistant of Ministry of Interior for public security Major General Adly Fayed.
The last trial session was held on Saturday and was postponed to hear the plea of the lawyer of Mubarak’s co-defendant Ahmed Ramzy.
Before the beginning of the trial, security forces swept the hall of Cairo Criminal Court held at the Police Academy with explosive experts and police dogs.
The former president suffered from sudden low blood pressure, and was taken out of the dock to receive treatment.
His lawyer added that the testimonies of the witnesses contradict what happened January 25, 2011 saying that some witnesses said that they received phone calls on January 28 informing them that their sons were injured despite the fact that connections were totally blocked.
Mubarak, his sons Gamal and Alaa, former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly and six of his assistants are facing charges of inciting the murder of demonstrators during the January 25 Revolution and spreading chaos.
Mubarak, his sons and businessman Hussein Salem are also accused of being involved in financial corruption, misusing presidential power to gain money and exporting natural gas to Israel at below market prices.
During the past trial, Ramzy’s lawyer requested the court not consider investigations implemented by the public prosecution due to their “lack of objectivity and relevance.”
“Extreme shortcomings in the investigations focused on the third party and ignored defining the original perpetrator,” said the lawyer.
The lawyer said that what took place during the January 25 Revolution was unexpected. “For that, the [defendants’] criminal intent regarding the charges drawn against them can be easily negated.”
The first trial of Mubarak and Adly began in August 2011, and they were sentence to life in prison in January 2012. Defense lawyers appealed the sentence, and in January 2013 the Court of Cassation accepted the appeal and ordered the case back to the Cairo Criminal Court for a retrial that began in May 2013.
Additionally reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razeek